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The Hummingbird Project (2018)

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A pair of high-frequency traders go up against their old boss in an effort to make millions in a fiber-optic cable deal.

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Kim Nguyen

Writer:

Kim Nguyen
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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Eisenberg ... Vincent Zaleski
Alexander Skarsgård ... Anton Zaleski
Salma Hayek ... Eva Torres
Michael Mando ... Mark Vega
Johan Heldenbergh ... Amish Elder
Ayisha Issa ... Ophelia Troller
Mark Slacke Mark Slacke ... Tasso Casilieris
Sarah Goldberg ... Mascha
Frank Schorpion ... Bryan Taylor
Kwasi Songui ... Ray
Conrad Pla ... Agent Santana
Julian Bailey ... Elliot
Jessica Greco ... Dr. Bloom
Robert Reynolds ... KAX House Owner
Anna Maguire ... Jenny
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Storyline

In this modern epic, Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world. Cousins from New York, Vincent (Eisenberg) and Anton (Skarsgård) are players in the high-stakes game of High Frequency Trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream? To build a fiber-optic cable straight between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. But nothing is straightforward for this flawed pair. Anton is the brains, Vincent is the hustler, and together they push each other and everyone around them to breaking point on their quixotic adventure. Constantly breathing down their necks is their old boss Eva Torres (Hayek) a powerful, intoxicating and manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to come between them and beat them at their own game. No matter what the cost, Vincent and Anton are determined to cut through America, only to find redemption at the end of their line, not through money, but through family and reconnecting to the land.

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Everything Is On The Line. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Jesse Eisenberg memorized the entire script before recording started. This was confirmed by him and Kim Nguyen at the Toronto International Film Festival. Nguyen also confirmed that the story was fictional but that it reflects advances in trading technology. See more »

Goofs

Very visible typo: One on screen title says "Landing Sight" instead of "Landing Site" See more »

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[first lines]
Bryan Taylor: How long does it take to drive from Kansas to New York?
Vincent Zaleski: Uh, two days.
Bryan Taylor: You wanna do this in 16 milliseconds?
Vincent Zaleski: Yeah, but round trip.
Bryan Taylor: We're talking about a lot of money here, Vincent.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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COUSIN VINNIE
28 February 2019 | by js-66130See all my reviews

When a financial IT hustler in the midst of his greatest gamble is presented with a death sentence, he decides to dig a deeper hole.

Twitchy, wide-eyed Jesse Eisenberg is perfect as the edgy and on the edge Vincent, putting out a series of unfortunate fires in his bizarre quest to drill a straight fibre cable pipe from Kansas to New Jersey. Better is balding nerd, hunch-backed, awkward code crunching cousin Anton, played by unrecognizable Alexander Skarsgard in equal doses of clown tear sadness, and physical slapstick. Their escape from and battle with Cruella Devillish Salma Hayek (strong boss Eva), stirs the plot pot.

"The Hummingbird Project" is an exercise in determined futility, as a couple of misguided geniuses in search of life-altering, get rich quick adventure, get in way over their heads as their world spirals out of control. And though the film veers off common sense tracks, there's no denying it's power to cajole viewers along for the crazy ride.

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Country:

Canada | Belgium

Language:

Russian | English | Spanish | Hebrew | Italian

Release Date:

22 March 2019 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,202, 17 March 2019

Gross USA:

$371,784

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$876,980
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Company Credits

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Item 7, Belga Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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